Appellation:CHARDONNAY VALLAGARINA IGT
Zone:Santa Margherita di Ala (Trento)
Vineyard extension (hectares):1.5
Vineyard age (year of planting):Chardonnay 1972,1976,1982,2000
Soil Type:Calcarous, medium textured, skeletal, rich in clay
Colour:Pale straw yellow
Nose:Fruity, pineapple, Golden delicious apple
Flavour:Dry, medium acidity, good body, very persistent, fruity
Serving temperature (°C):12-13°
Match with:Seafood, serve as an aperitif, "risotto" with vegetables
Average no. bottles/year:10,000
Grape yield per hectare tons:9
Vinification and ageing
White vinification with soft crushing of the clusters, alcoholic fermentation with temperature control at 18-20 degrees Celsius in steel, maturing in steel, bottling at the end of April, finishing in the bottle
Address:Via Trento, 44 38060 Santa Margherita di Ala TN
Owner:Rodolfo and Tiziano Tomasi
Year of establishment:1982
Total annual production:50000
Total vineyard extension (hectares):11.6
Planted varietals and extension (hectares):1.1ha Casetta 2.7ha Chardonnay 1ha Marzemino 5.1ha Pinot grigio 1.1ha Pinot nero 0.7ha Sauvignon Blanc 0.7ha Traminer aromatico
Vine training system:
Double "Pergola Trentina"
Cultivation method in the vineyard:grass is left on the aisles between the rows of vines
Type of viticulture:Practicing organic
Harvest period:From the beginning of September to the beginning of October
Situated in the town of Santa Margherita, in the southernmost part of Trentino, the estate of La Cadalora extends its 12 hectares of vineyards in three different plots: about 5 hectares on the calcareous soils close to Marco di Rovereto and the remaning 7 hectares in two calcareous conoids of Valle Cipriana and San Valentino, at the foothills of Monte Zugna. The soils of the latter contain higher percentages of clay while the former are gravelly/sandy and calcarous.
In the eighties Rodolfo and Tiziano (a trained oenologist from the renouned Institute of San Michele all’Adige) took over the management of their father’s estate and immediately set to work: the traditional “Pergola Trentina” training system was modified in order to obtain a vineyard density between 5,000 and 8,000 vines/hectare ensuring a maximum of 1 to 1.5 kgs of grapes per plant. Viticulture became strictly environment friendly by eliminating chemicals: “sexual confusion” practice is followed for insect control, only Bordelaise poultice is sprayed and grass is left on the aisles. Green pruning, topping of the vines and deleafing keep the plants balanced and when necessary and depending on the varietal, fruit is thinned by cutting the second cluster or the “wings” of the clusters.
The varietals grown are Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, a little Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, Marzemino and Casetta (these last two planted right after World War One, Casetta being a very ancient and rare varietal).
Tiziano’s son Michele is now working full-time at the estate. He graduated in oenology in Italy and at the renowned University of Geisenheim in Germany with a thesis on forecasting models for vineyard management.